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, illinois. he laid out a vision for his second term. >> the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an american family and we rise our fall together as one nation and as one people. and in the coming weeks and months, i am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together, reducing our deficit, reforming our tax code, fixing our immigration system, freeing ourselves from foreign oil. we've got more work to do. >>> romney made his concession speech in boston, massachusetts. >> i so wish, i so wish that i had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction. but the nation chose another leader. so ann and i join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation. >> americans also cast vote for their senate and house of representatives. abc news projects the democrats will hold onto their majority in the senate and the republicans will keep the house. that means the political wrangling that played out for most of obama's first term could continue. ba
sitting in this auditorium, those in overflow rooms, those who are listening to us or watching us in various media and who will intersect us on the internet sometime in the next days and weeks. i'm jane harman, president and ceo of the wilson center. and as some of you know, we recently joined forces with npr to create this year-long public event series that we call the national conversation. npr's president and ceo, my california buddy gary knell who has a muppet, which is an improvement on himself, named after him for his roles, his role before on running sesame street is sitting in the front row, as is joe gildenhorn, ambassador joe gildenhorn who is the chairman of the wilson center board of trustees. and i'd like to welcome many other friends here today. my hope is that this series will provide the public, that is you, with new opportunities to engage in much-needed civil discourse free from spin, imagine that in this election season, in the safe political space that the wilson center provides. for today's event, the wilson center and npr, partnered with the chicago council o
for people in the state of new york. the storm that hit the u.s. northeast put some polling stations out of commission. the governor is relaxing the rules so voters won't be shut out. andrew cuomo issued an executive order allowing residents in areas affected by the storm to vote at any station. officials in neighboring new jersey are also making it easier for people to cast ballots. more than 60 polling stations in new york city are still unusable because of flooding or lack of electricity. workers have set up alternative sites. the voting process in manhattan and the city's other boroughs has become more high-tech. people will be using a new electronic system. they mark paper ballots then insert those into a scanner. it's the first time the system people will use the system in a u.s. presidential election. the results will start streaming in tuesday evening in united states. obama and romney will watch the returns come in from their respective home bases, chicago and boston. obama arrived in his hometown early in the morning with the first lady. the latest polls suggest the president a
>> hi, everyone. welcome to the "journal" coming to you live from dw in berlin. the u.s. president defies a fragile economy and high unemployment to win the election, telling the american people the best is yet to come. >> appeals from angela merkel to her european partners -- an end to the eurozone debt crisis will require more unity. >> and a parliamentary vote on another round of austerity cuts in greece. >> thanks for joining us. barack obama has won his second term in office as president of the united states, but his celebrations will be short-lived as the multitude of urgent issues on his desk draws him back to work without delay. >> the first order of business will be to negotiate a new budget deal in congress by the end of the year. otherwise, and harsh plan of spending cuts and tax increases are due to go into effect. we will hear more about that later on in the show, but first, a look back at how things play out on election night in the u.s. >> his face said it all -- president barack obama had to fight hard to keep his job in a tough race against his republican challenge
the problems they face. nhk world's james tengan is in beijing covering the congress. he told us more about the main players in china's transition of power. >> reporter: we've got an idea who will head up the next generation of leaders. we've heard their names before, xi jinpi xi jinping. we heard their names before and will be hearing them for years to come. they will be chosen for top party posts next week and unveiled to the world. analysts say xi will become president taking over for president hu jintao. >> chinese president xi jinping is 59 years old. communist party leaders named him vice chairman of the central commission in 2010. xi's taken an act i havi role in diploma city as well as domestic affairs. >> xi jinping's pather was a vice premier, so she became part of china's informal network. princelings gain power by taking advantage of their parents and status and ties to influential fingers. but xi didn't have it easy. authorities ousted his father and jailed him during the cultural revolution. xi was forced to work in the countryside as a teenager. he went to a prestigious unive
>>> glad to have you with us on this edition of "newsline." it's tuesday, november 13th. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. japan's prime minister is getting caught up in his own words. yoshihiko noda suggested a few months ago he would call an election. members of the opposition are putting more and more pressure on him to follow through. but he faces divisions within his democratic party. noda said during the summer that he would call an election in his words some time soon. he says he stands by his promise. >> translator: i am responsible for my own words, and i take their weight very seriously. >> noda told his party's secretary general on sunday that he's thinking of dissolving the lower house by the end of the year. noda set three conditions for calling the elections including passing a debt financing bill. lawmakers expect to enact the legislation soon. kosishi says dissolving the diet would create a political vacuum. >>> we may soon see more american oil tycoons. yu yu yu yu yuko fukushima joins us now. >> we're hearing that the united states will become the world's
under way across the u.s. as americans decide who will lead the country for the next four years. after vigorous campaigning right to the last minute and aggressive advertising that made it the most expensive campaign of all time, president barack obama and his challenger mitt romney both into the election day confident of victory. >> but most election polls say the race for the white house is too close to call, meaning the result will be decided in a small number of so-called swing states by florida, ohio, virginia, and new hampshire, which was the first to vote on the stroke of midnight. >> voting began early in this part of new hampshire. the first ballot such traditionally cast here at midnight, and after the first 10 were tallied, it was a drop -- draw. >> for president -- this has never happened before -- we have a tie. five votes each. >> of voting in dick's bill has never been a gauge for the rest of the nation, but this year, polls show the race is a dead heat -- voting in dixville has never been engaged for the rest of the nation. >> after all the months of campaigning, after
>>> welcome to nhk world "newsline." the two leading candidates fighting to be u.s. president hardly have time to sleep or eat as they dart from state to state trying to solidify their support. the latest poll ahead of tuesday's vote suggests barack obama and his republican challenger mitt romney are almost tied. obama has 49% support. romney has 48%. the candidates dashed through key swing states over the weekend, including new hampshire. they are making their final arguments to voters. both campaigns are trying to lock in crucial electoral college votes. >> you know that i know what real change looks like, because i fought for it alongside you. i've got the scars to prove it. i've got the gray hair to show for it. >> romney hopscotched between the swing states of new hampshire, iowa, colorado and ohio. >> the question of this election comes down to this, you want four more years like the last four years or do you want real change? >> romney is also focusing on wisconsin, one toss-up state where obama is said to have a lead. and he is running more tv ads in pennsylvania, mich
, this is the journal. >> here's a look at what's coming up. >> the u.s. heading towards its fiscal cliff. the president reaching out to congress. >> the german parliament passes a disputed child care benefit. >> the day of the wall came down. evens that changed everything. >> in less than two months, the u.s. will enter the perfect economic storm known as the fiscal cliff. a combination of tax increases and budget cuts could send the united states back into recession. >> barack obama back at work after his election reached out with republicans today saying he wants to reach a solution but only f the ridges are asked to give more. >> i'm open to compromise. i'm open to new ideas. i'm committed to solving our fiscal challenge, but i refuse to accept any approach that is not balanced. i'm not going to ask students and seniors, middle-class families, to pay down the entire deficit while people like me, making over $250,000, are not asked to pay one dime more in taxes. i'm not going to do that. "the very clear word from the newly elected president. what do you think? you have the president inviting congress
hands a defeat to prime minister david cameron over eu funding. >> as the u.s. northeast picks up the pieces after sandy, barack obama hits the campaign trail again. >> bayern-munich rocked to victory. >> the chris parliament has made it clear the budget for the european union must be reduced. >> members of parliament delivered an embarrassing defeat to prime minister david cameron late on wednesday in what the press there is calling kamins fright night. >> cameron has been calling for an eu budget freeze, but members of his own conservative party revolted, demanding brussels trim its spending. >> we have more now on the vote and the fallout beginning in london. >> when the vote was read out, it was a stunning defeat for the government. the opposition labor party is rubbing its hands in glee. 53 of david cameron is -- cameron's own party refused to toe the line, pushing through the amendment. kamen wants to freeze the eu budget over the next seven years, but these skeptics say a freeze does not go far enough. they want to see cuts in real terms. opposition labour is supporting the
to come. nhk world's james tengan is our guide to the congress. he joins us from beijing. james? >> reporter: yes, gene, it's a brisk 7 degrees celsius here in beijing, and the city is now abuzz that the congress is under way. signs and banners bearing slogans are everywhere. some read "cheers to the great chinese communist party," for without the communist party, there would be no new china. this is a major political event, and authorities carefully orchestrate every detail. i went for a tour of beijing to see what they've done. signs of the congress are everywhere in beijing -- flowers, elegant decorations and banners. when i got into a taxi, i found another sign. ahead of the party congress, local authorities here in beijing have instructed all taxis to take the handles off so that people can't open the windows. chinese authorities are trying to prevent activists from throwing antigovernment leaflets out of the windows of moving taxis. police in beijing have put strict traffic checks in place for vehicles entering the capital. government authorities have mobilized an army of
. >> the final campaign day for the u.s. president and his neck- and-neck rival. a last-minute scramble for votes. >> the syrian regime steps up its campaign of violence as the oposition struggles to unite. >> argentina is on a roll. citizens of buenos artists discovered the joys of riding a bicycle. >> they have been battling it out for the past 18 months. spent of billions of dollars of their campaigns and the still the polls show that the u.s. presidential election is too close to call. both presidential -- both president obama and his republican challenger on the final stance of the campaign, promising to get the country out of its economic slump. >> the election could come down to a handful of battle-ground states. making final pitches to u.s. voters. >> mitt romney began his last day of campaigning in stamford, florida. in 2008, florida voted for obama. but he hasn't kept his promises, says romney. unemployment and the national debt are higher than ever before. >> one day away from the first day of a new beginning. my conviction of better days are ahead. it is not based on promises or rheto
over to ramin standing by for us at the tokyo stock exchange. we saw big losses across the board for stocks globally last week. what's expected this week. >> good morning. there's some concerns for global stocks, and we see their concerns about the so-called fiscal cliff, of course, in the united states. a combination of tax increases exami and spending cuts and could push the u.s. economy into a recession as all eyes are on how that develops. here in japan, too, the nikkei was down 3.75% last week, so we saw that play into the markets as well. the gdp figure is coming at 0.9% for the july-to-september period. we'll see how that is translating into the opening levels. let's go to the opening levels for the nikkei and topix for many monday, november 12th. both indices are down by half a percent there. the nikkei closed out last week at a four-week low as the yen gained against the dollar and euro. the japanese currency rose. really investors shifting money into yen-based assets and the higher yen weighing on export issues. this is at a time when many japanese corporations are rele
minister and the u.s. secretary of state. the truce calls for an immediate halt to the fighting and reportedly aims to work towards a longer-term solution as well. >> the latest escalation in violence began just over a week ago. since then, some 140 palestinians and five israelis have been killed in air strikes and rocket attacks. >> we will be trying to go live to cairo and also to gauze in a moment, but first, let's get back to evens earlier in it -- earlier in the day that threatens to derail the talks -- we will be trying to go live to cairo and also to gaza in a moment. >> panic on the streets of televisa. ambulances rushed to the scene of the explosion. -- panic on the streets of tel aviv. the bus was burned out but not torn apart, suggesting it may have been a relatively small bomb. israel is calling this a terrorist attack. >> hamas is a murderous organization, an organization that calls for israel's destruction. anyone who negotiates with them and the prime minister's holding talks with the americans, should know who sits there in gaza, and the need to hit them in those
payout is conditional on another round of government cuts and austerity measures. >> they are driving us to poverty and hunger. is that going to make it better for greece? i don't think so. in the next three years, 200,000 people will lose their jobs just like that. >> those of austerity measures are expected to cost more than 20,000 public workers their jobs. >> for the latest, let's go now live to our correspondent, who joins us live from athens. how much time does this by greece, and what does athens need to do now? how many cuts need to be made? >> the expectations are that there will be a breathing space for greece now up until the end of the first quarter, until march of next year. the money is expected to start flowing into greece in mid- december. but one point to remember here is that much of that money has already been spent, in a sense. this has taken nine months nearly to organize this new bailout, so government departments zero lots of money to suppliers. banks have not been able to make many loans, so the money that is going to be coming initially in a sense has been alread
is outrageous and call for new commissions. >> berlin poser reform tested as police use force against protesting farmers and monks. for the palestinian leadership is set to receive huge support for united nations recognition of a palestinian state today, despite strong u.s. and israeli opposition. >> in europe is also divided on the move. a majority of the 27-nation european union including france and spain, is expected to back the palestinians. germany, on the other hand, said it would abstain, and britain is expected to do so as well. >> hundreds of palestinian flags flying in support of statehood. people await the outcome of the united nations vote with bated breath. many have been waiting for this for a long time. recognition of a palestinian state by the united nations. >> today is a very important day for the palestinian people. we are excited. we are happy. we think the international community will not be disappointed at this time. i hope. >> palestinians are pushing to have their united nations status of credit to that of a so- called non member observer state, which does not include vot
. good to have you with us today. ukrainians who are putting their hopes outside parliament. why britons are divided. and god's mission -- a trip along the dutch bible belt. the ukraine has been in a state of political paralysis for several years now. there are power struggles going on on many levels. ukrainians have been waiting to go to the polls for four years, but only now are parliamentary elections taking place. the eu is watching with some suspicion, especially after the controversial jailing of the former prime minister. her political archenemy still leads the country as president. and an increasing number of ukrainians are asking themselves who they can trust that all. one thing is clear -- it is not the political elite. >> it is quite an animated evening. an amateur ensembles stages a comedy about marriage, but it is less about love that about the dowry, money, and influence. just like in ukrainian politics says this journalist who invited the actors to come to kiev's old market. the building has long since become a symbol. influential businessme want to privatize it, but these
the disputes should not be internationalized, an indirect reference to the united states. u.s. president barack obama and chinese premier wen jiabao held bilateral talks before the summit began on tuesday. they both seek closer ties with southeast asian countries as part of their competing regional strategies. >> it's important that our two countries cooperate to build a more secure and prosperous future for the asia-pacific region and for the world. >> despite their friendly words, both sides took their differences with them to the east asia summit. obama called on the country's concern to quickly draw up the code of conduct. one indirectly said the united states should not be involved, stating that the disputes should not be internationalized. now, obama's trip to asia is a sign that america's so-called pivot to asia strategy remains unchanged after his re-election. his visit to myanmar was criticized by some observers. they say it was premature. obama went ahead anyway, a signal of his desire to increase u.s. influence in southeast asia and keep china's ambitions in check. nhk world's matthe
of international efforts to mediate a truce between israel and hamas. u.s. secretary general ban ki moon is lending his support. >> my message is clear. all sides must avoid fire. further escalating the situation will put the entire region at risk. >> our leaders, he traveled to jerusalem with talks -- to talk with benjamin netanyahu. he condemned the attacks and the loss of civilian lives in gaza. netanyahu reiterated that they would be willing to are dissipate in a ceasefire but only if hamas immediately sees as the rocket attacks. >> the long-term solution to be put in place through diplomatic means and israel then would be a willing partner to such a solution, but if kroger military action through the necessary to stop the constant barrage of rockets, israel will not hesitate to do what is necessary to defend our people. >> there are signs that diplomatic efforts may be bearing fruit and mediators iran optimistic that a deal can be made to avert an israeli ground offensive. >> -- mediator's remained optimistic. >> what is the reaction to reports of a ceasefire? >> people don't really believe it
's no way for us to gauge how corrupt the system is, the party is there. basically, he is telling people -- get things in order behind closed doors or else the whole thing is going to blow up. >> possibly, yes. what china's leadership has learned is that tiny little events may have a major impact internationally but also in certain countries. look at northern africa and egypt, tunisia. they have studied these processes very intensely, and they know -- they have roughly 100,000 incidents of social unrest a year. >> what do we expect -- what are you expecting from the new leadership in terms of foreign policy? >> mostly a continuation of policies as we have seen the mayan past. china's major priority to stability in as regional environment but also globally. china needs stability in order to promote economic policies. >> thank you very much for coming in to talk with us. >> you are welcome. >> we will also have a look at the politically sensitive topic of rich and poor in china, a gap that has widened over the past 10 years, coming a little bit later in the program. moving on to syria -- "
in the near future. he used the word "soon," and noda has been trying to find a suitable time to dissolve the diet. but the election can take place next month at the earliest. but as the polls suggest, this may not be a favorable time for noda or his party. he knows that an election held now could lead to a dramatic drop in the number of lawmakers sitting alongside him. but there is no guarantee, on the other hand, that the outlook will improve, even if he postpones the vote. sooner or later noda will have to make that decision. >>> china's hu jintao has overseen an economy that's expanded year after year during his ten years as president. but many rural chinese have missed out. they've watched their neighbors get wealthier and wealthier. that's left many seething with resentment. and some are trying to find solace in their faith. nhk world's michitaka yamaka explains. >> reporter: about 300 people live in this village on the yellow river in gansu province. more than two-thirds of the residents work the ground. that includes this man. he lives with his wife. their life is close so self-su
say they will not accept it. should he go for it, they will boycott. weather they use violence of diplomatic means, they are always in a very difficult situation. things are not moving ahead, and it is a very volatile situation. you mentioned the war on syria. egypt is going in a very difficult direction. it is a quagmire, and you have to be careful the whole region does not explode. >> thank you so much for joining us here in studio. >> france's new prime minister has made his first official visit to germany, holding talks with german chancellor. at the top of the agenda was stagnant economic growth in france and europe generally. >> he told reporters that france remain committed to keeping greece in the eurozone and said it was in the interests of all eurozone countries to show solidarity with debt-stricken member states. for more on this now, we're joined from our parliamentary studios by our political correspondent. there's been an awful lot of talk about deteriorating franco- german relations recently. what can you say after this visit? >> for the last six months, there ha
the seat allocation breaks down among the parties in the election. >>> u.s. government officials always closely monitor elections in japan. one spoke to nhk, saying they believe there's possibility that the liberal democratic party could regain power. >>> meanwhile, japan's biggest neighbor has a demand for the next government. >> translator: what's urgently needed is that japan should take appropriate action to resolve existing problems and rebuild relations with china. >> analysts say chinese officials are waiting to see how the result of the election will affect ties between the countries. relations have been strained since the end of the summer when a long-standing dispute over islands in the east china sea flared up again. >>> the fate of some major economic and energy policies planned under the noda administration is now up in the air following the dissolution of the lower house. the diet won't be able to consider these policies until after a new administration is sworn in following the general election. noda's government decided last month to spend nearly $5 billion trying to get
for maritime interests. u.s. president barack obama will hold talks with japan's prime minister yoshihiko noda and chinese premier wen. aimed at addressing strained relations over claims to the senekaku islands. the president is expected to stress any differences should be peacefully resolved according to international law. >>> now, japan's prime minister has praised myanmar's rapid reforms. and he's offered the country a development loan worth $600 million. yoshihiko noda met thein sein on the sidelines of the summit. myanmar has made steady progress on political reform. he promises to support the economic development. japan's public and private sectors will back reform efforts. it will be the first yen loan in almost 26 years. myanmar's leaders will use it to refurbish a thermal power plant in yangon. japan's government will extend the loans in february next year at the earliest. myanmar's to foreign investors. >>> letting out a small sigh of relief. trade agreement. joins us from the business desk. what's the story here? >> as you know, political tensions have tied up in parts of east asia.
obama becomes a first- inning president to visit burma. but >> lewis hamilton wins the u.s. grand prix. >> ban ki moon has arrived in cairo in support of the cease- fire between israel and hamas. >> the exiled leader of hamas says they must take the first up a bit want the truce in israel. they will consider a cease-fire in israel and their attacks and the siege of gaza. >> israel has bombed building and at least 90 people have been killed and some 700 wounded since the air strikes began. >> the bombardment of gaza continues. israeli defense forces are picking targets they say it are connected to palestinian militants. the billionaire also among the latest casualties. across the border in israel, ground troops are massing in preparations for a possible invasion. israel has no mobilize and 40,000 reservists. elsewhere, diplomats are attempting to broker a ceasefire. in jerusalem, middle east peace envoy tony blair met with perez to stop the rocket attacks. >> it is clear we do not have any ambition to gain an advantage but we just want to stop the fire. >> more than 1000 rockets have be
authority president is in the united states where he met the u.s. assistant secretary of state. the u.s. says it will vote against upgrading the palestinians from an observer entity to an observer state in the united nations. >> in syria, 34 people have been reported killed in a double car bombing in. reports indicate a suicide bomber blew up his vehicle shortly after a bomb went off. the attacks targeted a town loyal to president assad's government. meanwhile, an unconfirmed report says rebels in aleppo in the north shot down a fighter jet and captured its pilot. egypt pose a political crisis is deepening. clashes erupted in cairo between police and protesters who have been occupying central tahrir square. >> they about to stay put until president morsi withdraws from power. >> he insists that his decree is necessary for national security and is only temporary. >> police used tear gas to try to disperse the crowds, but the morning after mass protests, many demonstrators vowed to stay put. critics feel cheated. they say the president's decrees go against the spirit of egypt's revolution
pressure on russia, china and iran to stop supporting this regime, and then this would be useful, or supporting militarily the opposition or the interfering by the nato to make free zone and no-fly zone. >> reporter: russia and china have repeatedly vetoed u.n. security council resolutions on imposing sanctions against syria. without their support, the international efforts can only put limited pressure on president assad. diplomats here are still hoping their efforts will help in some part to end the conflict in syria. however, after 20 months of violence, they've learned getting peace will take time. akira saheki, nhk world, tokyo. >>> satellite images show north korea could be preparing to launch another rocket. researchers at johns hopkins university in the united states say they have observed the first two stages of what appears to be a long-range missile. these images of the launch site in tongchang-ri on the west coast of north korea were captured on monday. researchers say they show trailers carrying the first two stages of a three-stage rocket. they say north korean offi
>>> glad to have you with us on this edition of "newsline." it's tuesday, november 6th. i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. financial leaders of nations gathered in mexico. say they'll do everything necessary to achieve global growth. the finance ministers and central bank governors issued a joint statement on monday at the end of their two-day meeting. they said global growth remains modest and downside risks are still elevated. they warned against possible delays in tackling europe's debt problems. they also warned of the u.s. fiscal cliff. fiscal austerity is expected to increase. the finance chiefs cautioned extreme belt tightening could trigger a further slowdown. they point to the failure so far for debt covering bonds. they have decided to present reliable reconstruction plans for 2016 and beyond. called for growth strategies along with fiscal reform. they urge nations in fiscal good standing to step up to stimulate growth. now, it's not only the financial leaders who are worried about the slowdown. yuko fukushima joins us from the desk. how are investors feeling thes
. that is the same as the vatican. >> only a handful of countries voted against the move, including the u.s. and israel. both threaten to sanction palestinian request. israel today announced the construction of 3000 more settler homes in response. >> many hope it will be for step toward independence and true statehood. >> life remains the same in the palestinian territories, but many say the united nations vote has given them a new outlook. >> it is a beautiful feeling. there's hope that our children will grow up in an independent nation with its own voice, and that is a feeling that is hard to describe it. >> the decision came after a powerful appeal by the palestinian authority president in new york. >> the general assembly is called upon today to issue a birth certificate of the reality of the state of palestine. >> 138 generally assembly -- general assembly members voted in favor of upgrading palestine to the status of nonmember observers say. israel opposed the status change, saying the resolution will not help further the peace process. >> the truth is nothing will change if they cont
launch in the next three weeks. earlier, u.s. satellite images of the facility showed what are believed to be parts of a long-range ballistic missile. >>> north koreans space officials failed earlier this year when they tried to launch what they said was a rocket carrying a satellite. some governments called it a missile test. the photos showing renewed activity in the north is prompting renewed attention from different nations. >> translator: we are monitoring related reports. maintaining peace and stability on the korean peninsula is the common responsibility of concerned nations. it's also in their interest. >> a u.s. defense department official declined to comment on the analysis, but the official said the u.s. asks north korea to follow a u.n. security council ban on launches involving ballistic technology. >>> the people who wont to be south korea's next president are mapping out their strategies in the lead-up to voting day. official campaigning is now under way. and so for the next three weeks candidates will be crisscrossing the country to sell their message. park geun hye of t
>> welcome to the "journal" from dw in berlin. >> coming up -- syrian rebels face a u.s. probe for alleged war crimes after a video appears to show mass executions of prisoners. >> president barack obama and republican challenger mitt romney go back on the attack in the final stages of the election battle. >> and seeking clarity -- german chancellor angel merkel on how to develop renewable energy. we begin in syria where the military is currently stepping up its use of airpower in an effort to defeat the rebels. >> opposition forces say at least 70 people have been killed in an air strike near the turkish border. meanwhile, a video emerges of what appears to be opposition fighters executing government soldiers. >> the un says that if the video is authenticated, the action would constitute a war crime. >> as their prisoners cower in terror, rebels celebrate. this video is said to of been recorded in northwestern syria. government forces and rebels have been fighting there for weeks. on thursday, rebels stormed several army checkpoints. they appear to have captured these governme
are bringing us onto the streets. they are stealing our salaries. we do not have any rights anymore. >> hundreds of flights have been canceled across europe. in the portuguese capital, lisbon, many face long waits with nearly half of all flights canceled. >> we arrived at 9:00 in the morning, and we have to wait until 9:00 in the evening. public transport is not working, either, so we are stuck. it is a shame. >> access to ferry service has also been blocked. >> we are witnessing the biggest strike portugal has ever seen. it also has a special significance because it is the first time spanish and portuguese workers are conducting a strike on the very same day. >> strikes are under way in greece, italy, and france, and railway workers in belgium have also walked off the job for 24 hours, affecting both domestic and international services. >> let's go live down to spain now. miles thompson joins us on the line from madrid. what is the latest? >> well, there have been a number of demonstrators, but at the moment, i am on the streets, and it is relatively quiet. as a whole, there were m
us in on this breaking story. >> yesterday's celebrated mediator is taking really dictatorial powers in a constitutional decision by the president. he gave himself all necessary means. he fired the prosecutor general. he ordered trials for those accused of violence in the revolution to be reopened. he is also giving the constitution assembly more time, but at the same time, the constitution assembly is getting immunity from any legal interference, and his own decision cannot be legally challenged. people are still trying to understand and still trying to digest it. the former head of the nuclear agency in vienna -- the question is very much what he will do with his new power. is he going to push egyptian institutions forward, or will he miss use or abuse it? >> another question briefly, if you could -- this is a fast- moving story, how will this affect his role as a regional power broker, especially if it comes six, us? >> -- comes to hamas? >> the question is what will happen with egypt itself. we have a democratically elected president who gave themselves dictatorial power -- gave
u.s. president barack obama and his republican challenger, mitt romney, have begun their final round of campaigning in battleground states. romney is using a new strategy to win over voters ahead of tuesday's election. the latest poll by abc news and the washington post suggests obama and romney both have support rates of 48%. romney is focusing on wisconsin, one of the swing states where obama is said to have a lead. >> the contacts made in wisconsin over the last months have just blown everybody away, and i want to thank you for the work you're doing. that's going to help us get this victory. >> romney is likely to still have a chance of winning if he takes wisconsin, even if he loses another key state, ohio. the republican challenger is also running more tv ads in pennsylvania, michigan, and minnesota. obama is expected to win more votes from the electoral college made up of electors allocated to each state. >> if you are willing to work with me and knock on doors with me and make some phone calls with me and turn out with me and grab your friends and neighbors and co-worker
the heads of the german and portuguese governments has reached new heights. >> the way they treat us is a joke. he is no more than merkel's puppet and what they're doing is just wrong. the sacrifices we are being asked to make our a reasonable. "she is just one of many voices calling on them to live within their means but many face an uncertain future with increasing poverty levels and they are determined to resist any more economic pain. >> as we just saw, the portuguese austerity measures are not very popular. we asked our correspondence much and she had today to convince the portuguese of the need for continued austerity. >> she said she is here to see firsthand how the process is going on. her colleague told her about the process and of course she was already a winner of the statistics showing portugal is on track, as they always say they are, but unfortunately people have to suffer when the country is on track because they have to suffer cuts in wages and pay more taxes. they have to see and live with a growing unemployment rate. it's really complicated to deal with those extrem
institute of international affairs who gave us some insight on the party's transition of power. >> he capitalized his role as coordinator rather than the leader. and he was inciting on how he carried on with the tasks established by his predecessor and how he sensed a need of the people in the locality and he formed consensus. so i don't think he's bent on taking a very strong leadership. so i think he will try very hard to forge consensus rather than leading. five new members are all over 64. and it's a current rule that anybody under 60 -- over 68 would not qualify to be on the committee is going to be applied next time. they will all have to go. so this is not the kind of makeup of the top echelon which is going to last for ten years. there will be another tug-of-war for top positions in a few years. the newly appointed vice chairman of this position are both a prodigy of hu jintao, so i think he felt very safe to step down. secondly, i think he wanted to strengthen institutional development of chinese political system. and he wanted to stop the practice of outgoing leadership cont
and vietnam to islands in the south china sea. but elsewhere, china is using its economic and cultural influence to win friends, including here in cambodia. the cambodian economy relies on china. nearly half of overseas investment over the past five years has come from china. chinese-funded buildings and roads are everywhere. at this market in central phnom penh from clothes to food, most of the goods on sale are imported from china. eight chinese language newspapers are published in cambodia, and it isn't only workers from china who read them. >> translator: chinese newspapers help me understand china well. as a student of chinese, i also find them useful through learning. >> more and more cambodians are learning chinese. about 50 chinese language schools operate in the country with instructors dispatched from china. >> translator: my mission is to teach chinese culture to people in cambodia. i contribute to deeper bilateral relations. >> translator: if i can speak chinese, i can get the good job and my future will be bright. >> the philippines is one country in direct disagreement wi
with shelters. >> we went down, inside the room, we were five of us and we closed the door and we waited for about eight or ten seconds, and then was the first fall. >> no one in the family was hurt, but the rocket attacks have killed five people in israel. he thinks the israeli forces will have to attack gaza to stop the rockets. >> doing something is something we have to do. not staying or waiting or trying or only talking. i think we should make it. >> the gaza strip in palestine suffered more serious damage. israeli attacks killed more than 130 civilians. this house was bombed by the israeli air strike on sunday. 11 people were killed. nine of them were women and children. >> translator: women and children were having a meal at home when the bomb hit. why did they have to be killed? the house was totally destroyed. it was a scene of carnage. >> reporter: the search continues for anyone who remains missing. the israeli military says people linked to hamas lived in the house. the attack was criticized because many civilians were killed. israelis have begun an investigation. a funeral w
to work together all the time. nhk world's kahu izumitani has shows us. >> reporter: this restaurant serves japanese noodle ramen. the staff here speak japanese. the menu is written in japanese. but this restaurant is in seoul. >> translator: political issues will not affect the popularity of japanese food culture here. >> translator: political disputes and cultural exchanges are completely different issues. >> reporter: now south koreans can dig into japanese food in restaurants all over seoul. two years ago, mika joku and her south korean husband jumped at an opportunity to introduce ramen to the capital. they modified their recipes a bit to appeal more to the south korean patate, and their business flourished.this month fourth store in seoul. >> translator: i think our i think they enjoy tal our staff without touching on political issues. >> reporter: and the exchanges aren't just cultural. south korean companies such as samsung and lg grew into leading global companies. now managers of japanese firms count them amomomomomo important clients. the south korean government haho gover
of powers will be temporary. he's has confidence in the search for a compromise. they're asking him to use restraint. >> democracy means the rule of law and the division of powers. therefore, i appeal to the egyptian leadership to seek a compromise. >> that is what the demonstrators in cairo are looking for. they vow to continue until he meets their demands. >> for the latest on the story, we are joined now from cairo, and he is following the events there. the president is trying to diffuse the situation and he is negotiating with senior judges. is there any sign of a compromise? >> not yet. the country is really waiting to see if he is going to give in and see if there will be a compromise. the only thing he underlined yesterday is the measure of glory. by substance, no compromise yet. >> what about the mood on the street compared with what you have experienced over the last 18 months? what is it like? >> the muslim brotherhood it is against all the other political institutions. they are unified as they never were before expect that in the military behind mubarrak. there are two big demon
ishihara to lift us out of this slump. >> translator: he performed well as a tokyo governor, so i have high hopes for him. >> reporter: but ishihara's power base is uncertain. the new party has only five members, all from the former sunrise party of japan. so ishihara has already started seeking collaboration with the japan restoration party. whether ishihara can really become the major third power depends on if we can achieve the tie-ups with the other parties. ishihara also needs to appeal to many floating voters because they are one of the major determinants of the shift of power in the next general election. mitsuko nishikawa, nhk world, tokyo. >>> the most powerful people in china are now busy deciding the country's future. communist party members have been in beijing since thursday at their national congress. attendants are excited about the hottest topic on the table -- who will make up china's next generation of leaders. party officials will reportedly unveil the new lineup on thursday. but a human rights campaigner says the only way china can move forward is to move towards democra
. good to have you with us. here is what we have today. czech republic. why the church is waiting for compensation. france, how a famous culinary delight has caused a big controversy. and poland, why you should never drink and drive very or even cycle. >> when the iron curtain fell, the countries of eastern europe had to redefine the relationship between church and state. under communist rule, there was little tolerance for organized religion in church property and land was expropriated wholesale. today, the czech republic was one of the last former soviet satellites where the church has still not received compensation. >> the father believes in god's grace period during his daily prayers, he also praised for the church in the czech republic. as a good christian, he knows one should never abandon hope for a miracle, but as a priest in the czech republic, he has. >> i believe in miracles. our father in heaven can do anything. when i look at the situation in the czech republic and the government, i don't see much of a chance. there is no miracle in sight. >> and merkel is needed soo
and rocket fire killed more than 160 palestinians and 5 israelis. >>> the u.s. ambassador to the united nations is used to defending her country's foreign policy decisions. now susan rice has broken her silence to defend herself. rice is considered a candidate for secretary of state. but she's faced scrutiny because of comments she made following the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. rice made a tv appearance immediately after the september 11 attack. she suggested protests in benghazi over a u.s.-made name mocked the prophet mohammed triggered the assault on the consulate. but investigators later determined it was likely a premeditated plot by extremists with links to al qaeda. the attackers killed the u.s. ambassador and three other americans. rice broke her silence wednesday in response to rising criticism from members of the republican party. >> i relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community. i made clear that the information was preliminary. and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers. >> repub
of those hit. the international community wants egypt to use its influence to help broker rate peace deal. on a visit to gaza are, of the egyptian and prime minister announced the is really assaults like to buy the hamas leader. >> post-revolutionary egypt, will make every effort to stop these attacks and to ensure the rights of the palestinian people. >> israel says they will halt their attacks only will they stop firing rockets out their people. coming within striking distance of tel aviv and jerusalem, they seem unlikely to opt for restraint. >> with the latest? >> we understand from reports in gaza that there are more airstrikes and there was another step by the military launching in the arms birds of jerusalem. this is about 20 kilometers south of jerusalem. nobody was injured as this exploded and the results of a speech by president of boss in which he appeared to the egyptians to help a low lilly fighting. he also tried to speak for all the palestinians. also on the political efforts, they will be meeting tonight to discuss for the developments and talk about the tunisian foreign m
. honda motor plans to boost production capacity at its two u.s. plants next year. it says its factory in mexico now under construction should be ready for operation in 2014. the automakers say china remains an important market for them but they also need to quickly cultivate new demand outside china. >>> top officials in south korea are trying to stay a few moves ahead of the reclusive and unpredictable neighbor. they want to stop north korean authorities from possibly launching a long-range missile, and so they've turned to china for help because it has a strong influence over the north. south korea's chief negotiator on north korea's nuclear development is visiting beijing. lim sung-nam will meet with senior chinese officials inwuding wu dawei. he's the chair of the six-party talks on north's nuclear program. >> translator: we will discuss the latest situation on the korean peninsula. i hope to build closer ties with china. >> lim's visit comes nearly a week after an american satellite imagery firm tsunamied a photo showing activity at a missile launch site in north korea. analysts
correspondent has been following this from brussels, and he joins us now. is it clear yet if an increase will get this next tranche of bailout funds it is waiting for? >> it is not clear. after today's spat, greece is hoping that on the occasion of the next meeting, that could be cleared, but the problem is that some national governments -- sorry, some national parliaments, will have to approve this first. the timetable is tight. it is very difficult, and it was not at all clear from this meeting, which was dominated by the dispute between international monetary fund and the europe group ministers, just how quickly they could do that, but greece is saying it will be out of money, bankrupt, by friday november 16. they have got to raise money on international markets somehow, and they need the backing or at least the promise of that extra bailout to do that. it is a bit of a puzzle. >> how big is this difference of opinion we've been hearing about? >> big. what happened earlier today or late last night reflected the frustration in the international monetary fund at the constant pushing off
is expected early next year. >> our correspondent has been covering the summit for us in brussels. what happens now? there must be real anxiety among those eu countries that rely on this type of funding. >> after the meeting, the council president stressed that there was consensus among all the eu member states that they are working toward a budget of growth, and that is an important message to send to the poorer countries because areas like the agricultural policy seemed to be safe from further cuts. those are areas where especially poorer regions benefit, so that is good news. ahead of the summit, positions seem to be even further apart than they are now -- seemed to be even further apart than they are now. it is coming to a compromise, but the general feeling is one that they are trying to get towards a deal where positions still our part, and that is why they need a second ago. >> what do you leaders think they can achieve at the next summit that they could not achieve at this one? >> now it is time to go home and do some homework -- crunch some numbers, of course, but most importan
is in beijing covering all of this for us. >> people in china and abroad spent a lot of time speculating about this transition of power. but with just hours to go, few in this country of 1.3 billion know exactly what their leadership will look like when they wake up in the morning. that's being worked out behind closed doors. before those negotiations began, communist party members ended the meeting they hold every five years. about 2300 delegates gathered in the great hall of the people in beijing. the party's outgoing general secretary president hu jintao delivered his closing address. >> translator: all party members should unite under the party character hold high the great banner of socialism. >> president hu has managed to carve out a place alongside the communist party's past leaders. members of the congress agree to incorporate a concept he supports into party policy. it's known as the scientific outlook on development and advocates growth that takes into account social and environmental needs. delegates also voted to pick the roughly 200 members who will sit on the party's central com
. they did not ask any questions. they just tore it all down. >> he shows us the photos on his cell phone. the ruins of his existence. again. but he says they are determined not to give up. the protests will continue. >> well, from of a need to france now. ask anyone the question -- what are the french most famous for? it is likely that the answer -- well, one of the answers anyway -- would be producing wine, but a growing number of those world famous vineyards are being bought up by the chinese as a new middle class in china is starting to develop a taste for french wine. investors are seeing new opportunities in the big wine regions, and not unexpectedly, it is a development which is not popular with some of the french. >> it seems everything she turns her hand to is a success. she is one of china's biggest celebrities -- singer, model, actress -- and now honor of a prestigious french vineyard. it was in french hands for four centuries before the chinese came. in china, red wine has become the latest new thing, and increasing numbers of chinese are heading to france to invest in their v
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